Food Day is October 24th!

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Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24th, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

October 24th is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. This year’s theme is “Toward a Greener Diet.”

Why Food Day?

The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment.  Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path.

The most important ingredient in Food Day […]

October is Breast Cancer Prevention Month

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Breast cancer is caused by hereditary factors and lifestyle.  Specifically, the primary causes of breast cancer are nutritional deficiencies, exposure to environmental toxicity, inflammation, and estrogen dominance and the resultant breakdown in genetic integrity and immune surveillance.   Eating whole and unprocessed foods can decrease inflammation in the body and reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. Also, synthetic hormone replacement therapy has been indicated as causing elevated estrogen levels that are correlated with increased chance of breast cancer.

Signs to watch for:

  • Changes in breast tissue – it is important to check your breast tissue to identify any thickening or lumps
  • Nipple discharge or nipple inversion
  • Dimpling or indentation of the breast tissue
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits
  • Redness of the breast tissue

Thermography

As naturopathic physicians at Rejuvena, we’d prefer to focus on breast health and ways to […]

Tips on How to Participate in National Women’s Day

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Wondering what to do to participate in this special day?  Here are some ideas:

  • Try a new workout or sport – how about a spin class in the pool or a fun Zumba class?  It’s always best to “change it up” for best results.
  • Get your thyroid checked – more common is a sluggish or hypothyroid functioning thyroid gland, but either way, this can negatively impact your concentration, mood, and weight.
  • Consume some “superfoods”!  Broccoli, kale, apples, turnips – and other healthy foods you can find at your local farmer’s market.
  • Ask a friend to workout – working out with a pal can help you stay motivated and lose more weight than going solo.
  • Take a short nap – grab a power nap for 20 minutes as research indicates that proper rest and sleep is beneficial for your […]

Women’s Health & Fitness Day – September 28th

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Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages.  This year’s event is set for Wednesday, September 28, 2016, and in future years, is always held on the last Wednesday in September.  This unique national program – with participation by local organizations throughout the U.S. – focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.

This year more than 500 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses  of worship, and other community locations.  An estimated 50,000 to 75,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in the local activities.

We’ll be posting some specific suggestions […]

Gluten-free Upside-Down Apple Tartlet Recipe

You will love these scrumptious apple tartlets served warm from the oven and topped with a dollop of smooth coconut cream!
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Upside-Down Apple Tartlets
Ingredients
  • Crust
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla stevia
  • Filling
  • 6 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced, and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon  arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and place […]

Gluten-free Cranberry Coconut Power Bars

Cranberry Coconut Power Bars

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(Makes 25 bars)

Ingredients
  • 1 cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup ground flax meal
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅔ cup coconut butter, melted
  • 1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla stevia
  • ⅛ teaspoon celtic sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, pulse together hemp, flax, and cranberries
  2. Pulse in coconut butter, shredded coconut, salt and stevia
  3. Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours until firm
  5. Serve

 

Source:

www.elanaspantry.com

National Celiac Disease Awareness Day – September 13th

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On September 13th we celebrate “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day” in honor of the doctor who identified a link between celiac disease and diet. Dr. Samuel Gee, a leader in celiac disease research, was born on Sept. 13, 1839.  A senate resolution calling for the commemoration gained unanimous approval on Aug. 3, 2010.  In marking the awareness day, the Senate “recognizes that all people of the United States should become more informed and aware of celiac disease,” the resolution stated.

Stay tuned as we’ll be posting a few of our favorite delicious gluten-free recipes this week!

 

Source:

http://www.beyondceliac.org/161/vobid–3693/

Photo source:

http://glutenfreehomemaker.com/you-have-a-disease-called-noassatol-actually-it-was-celiac-disease/

 

 

September is Healthy Aging Month!

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Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.  The mission of Healthy Aging Month is to encourage local level events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health – physically, socially, mentally or financially.

Watch for our upcoming blog on tips to staying healthy as we age!

 

Tips for Healthy Aging

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While our genes may influence our lives in various ways, it’s also true that certain lifestyle choices we make can also impact our genes and quality of life.  Research has shown that there are some habits we can adopt to slow the aging process, such as:

Eat fruits and veggies:  Consuming plenty of veggies and fruits may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.  One caveat here would be that if you already are experiencing blood sugar problems, limit your fruit intake and focus more on low starch veggie consumption (like broccoli, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, etc.).  Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.  Choose whole fruits and veggies in a variety of colors to get the […]

How to Incorporate More Fruits and Veggies into Your Diet

Once again, it’s “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month”!  Diets high in fruits and vegetables are widely recommended for their health-promoting properties. Fruits and vegetables have historically held a place in dietary guidance because of their concentrations of vitamins, especially vitamins C and A; minerals, especially electrolytes; and more recently phytochemicals, especially antioxidants. Additionally, fruits and vegetables are recommended as a source of dietary fiber.

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Here are some ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet:

  • Make a breakfast smoothie with your favorite nut milk (almond, coconut, cashew, etc.), and handful of spinach and some frozen strawberries.
  • Make a veggie wrap with roasted veggies and a whole grain or gluten-free tortilla.
  • Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite healthy salad dressing for dipping.
  • Grill multi-colored vegetable […]